CES UPDATE: Ford Motor Company Gives Amazon Alexa the Ultimate Test Drive 2017

CES UPDATE: Ford Motor Company Gives Amazon Alexa the Ultimate Test Drive 2017

The global consumer electronics show (CES) and consumer technology annual tradeshow always unveils some eye-popping tech innovations to the world.  This year’s conference in Las Vegas did not disappoint.

One of the announcements that is innovative for the auto industry has to be the announcement by US car giant, Ford Motor Company, Amazon’s Alexa will be integrated into new Ford and Lincoln car models.

Amazon Alexa integrating into new Ford Lincoln Models

The Amazon Alexa is already well known as a home automation and voice assistant through the very popular Amazon Echo, Amazon Dot, and Amazon Tap.

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How do you use Amazon Alexa in your Ford or Lincoln with Sync 3?

Amazon Alexa integrated with Ford’s Sync 3 infotainment head unit will allow a driver’s smartphone to provide a connection to the vehicles built-in system.  While in your car, you don’t have to have direct access to your Amazon Echo, Tap, or Dot either.

To access Amazon Alexa from the car, you simply push the car’s voice command button to “wake up” Alexa.  Then you can decide to use a variety of smart tech functions the same as using Amazon Alexa at home but on the go.

What can I do with Amazon Alexa and Ford Sync 3?

Drivers will be able to task Amazon’s Alexa with finding nearby destinations such as the nearest Starbucks, controlling your smart home devices, and even order items through the Amazon website via your voice control assistant.

When you are at home, you can use Amazon Alexa through your connected Echo, Dot, or Tap devices to add destinations to your car’s navigation or even check the current fuel level in your connected Ford vehicle.

Amazon Alexa connected to Ford Sync 3

Essentially you could be sitting on the couch at home and ask Amazon’s Alexa if you need fuel for your destinations tomorrow and map out the nearest gas station on your driving route.  Now that is tech integration between both smart home tech and the latest in smart auto navigation.

One of the very practical applications of fusing auto and home smart tech automation is the capability to use Amazon Alexa’s voice commands to heat/cool your home to the perfect temperature, turn on indoor/outdoor lights, and start a pot of coffee brewing as you approach home on your commute back from work.

Driving to work and remember you need to add items to your evening grocery shopping list?  No problem, just alert Amazon’s Alexa and she will remind you when you are at the supermarket.

You can basically control any smart connected home devices from the comfort of your car for a level of smart tech that will become second nature in the coming years.

Ford is planning integration into Ford Focus Electric, Fusion Energi, and C-Max Energi this month with the next phase scheduled Summer 2017.

If you currently have or are in the market for a new Ford and want to use this smart tech, ensure the car has Sync3’s AppLink feature integrated into your cars infotainment feature to take advantage of Amazon’s Alexa.

Before you know it, you will feel like Michael from Knight Rider taking Kit out for a spin!

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